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Big Red Cats - Cat skiing and Boarding

Red Mountain Road
Red Mountain
Rossland, BC  V0G1Y0
(250) 362-2271
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About Big Red Cats - Cat skiing and Boarding

We ski on 4 mountains in the Monashee Mountains in BC's southern interior. Most of the terrain that we ski is between 1600 and 2,200 meters (However we can ski as low as 1000 meters if the conditions are good). Trees do not normally grow above about 2300-2400 meters in this part of BC. So all of our skiing, like most BC catski operations, is at the "tree line." We have some big alpine open features - but our bread and butter runs are beautifully gladed tree runs. These types of runs have made this part of BC the Cat skiing Capital of the World! Experts will tour the steepest terrain, in bowls, couloirs, and trees. Advanced trips will travel in "black diamond" terrain, cruisey glades, trees, and beautiful bowls. Intermediate trips always begin in lower-angle open terrain, and give powder instruction before progressing into some of the more open gladed skiing.

Only 2.5 hours north of Spokane WA at Red Mountain resort, Rossland BC, Big Red Cats offers the option of day trips combined with a resort holiday, or a multi-day catskiing holiday. With separate groups for expert, advanced, and intermediate skiers and riders, we try to make sure that you enjoy your day to the fullest, with others of your level. Meet at 0730 each morning, then we shuttle you approx 30 minutes to the cat, or you drive. Cat ski in deep untracked snow, in glades and bowls, all day, and return to the resort between 4:15 and 4:45 - lots of time to relax in the hot tub before enjoying one of Rossland's restaurants, or eating in your own condo or cabin.

Big Red Cats - Cat skiing and Boarding Quick Facts

The Basics Terrain Season
Helicopter Trips: No
Snowcat Trips: Yes
Years in Business: 3
Capacity Per Trip: 36
Trips Per Season: 140
Guide to Client Ratio: 1 to 5
Packages start at: $299.00
Longest Run: 2400 feet
Summit: 7,200 Ft / 2,195 M
Base: 3,116 Ft / 950 M
Vertical: 2,952 Ft / 900 M
Acres: 18,600 Ac / 7,527 Hc
Annual Snow: 480" / 1,219cm
Starts Around: 12/17/2006
Ends Around: 4/3/2007

Guide Certifications & Experience

Supervising guides are ACMG ski guides or equivalent, with Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) level 2, and current 80-hour Wilderness First Aid qualifications, according to Canadian Ski Guide Association (CSGA) and Helicat Canada guidelines. Guides (leading cats) are CSGA level 2 or ACMG assistant guides, and most are also qualified level 2 ski instructors or higher. They also have CAA level 2 and 80-hour first aid qualifications, as do members of the safety team, which is a mobile snow-study and rescue unit on the mountain at all times. Tail guides have at least CAA level 1 and a 40 hour wildness first Aid qualification, and most also have CSGA level 1.

Equipment Used

3 Pisten Bully snowcats - 2 300's and 1 280D - extra fast and powerful cats. Each cat holds 12 guests and 2 guides (other guides are out on snowmobiles checking conditions). Normally we run 2 cats, but we often run the third cat in high season.

Ski Areas Nearby

Located at Red Mountain ski resort in Rossland BC, 1 hour from Whitewater, 3 hours from Big White.

Booking Policy

30% deposit at time of booking, remainder 60 days prior to arrival. The deposit is refundable, less a 5% credit card fee, until that time, after which the entire amount is non-refundable. If canceled by us for safety, a future credit is offered.

Training & Instruction

Canadian Avalanche Association "Avalanche Safety Training" courses, 1 evening and 2 days of cat-assisted ski touring. 4 person minimum - only $175, includes text, but not touring, snow study equipment, and safety gear, which must be rented separately. Powder coaching available, and guided one-day ski touring and snow safety courses- please call.

Packages & Pricing

One of the best value cat skiing operations in BC, and you can choose your own adventure, to suit your ability, and your budget.! Come for a day trip, for multiple days, or get us to package a holiday with lodging and lifts as well.

One day is $299-395
3 days are $270-340
5 days are $250-320
Full cat rental for 12 people is an average of $249-329/day

Price includes lunch and shuttle to the snowcats. Lodging with cooked breakfast available for only $65/person per night, or we can package a variety of luxury condos and hotels, usually for $80/night.

What's New

We have opened the 4th peak, Mt Mackie, which has some excellent expert and advanced runs, and will allow us to offer more terrain, and operate 3 cats without running out of fresh, untracked, interesting runs. Because our mountains can be skied on all sides, and have an excellent ridge structure, there is a minimal amount of traversing.

Local Lodging

Red Shutter Inn is our lodge, with 6 rooms, each with 2 beds, ideal for a full cat group of 12. It is an older, rustic lodge with woodstove, hot tub and sauna, and full cooked breakfast daily. Not luxurious, but clean, comfortable, social, and extremely well-located near the lifts at Red. 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom luxury condos with hot tubes at the base of Red Mountain all have hot tubs and are $60-90 per person per night, depending on group size and condo selection.

Nearby Recreation

Red Mountain ski resort and Whitewater
Blackjack Nordic ski area
Tobogganing and airboarding
Evening "igloo dinner" excursions
Town of Rossland, shopping, dining, live jazz

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